For showing Baltimore youngsters the way to careers in...


March 24, 1996

For showing Baltimore youngsters the way to careers in botany, zoology and chemistry, more than 200 community volunteers and ministers from 18 area churches received awards yesterday at the Columbus Center.

More than 500 students were honored as well for their participation in the church-based "Science is for Everyone" project.

Sponsored by Baltimore City Community College, the project introduces children to opportunities in science through weekend classes and field trips for their families.

A man was fatally injured early yesterday morning when he tried to leave the Baltimore Beltway at high speed and smashed into a tree next to the on-ramp to westbound U.S. 40 in Catonsville, state police said.

The identity of the victim had not been released as of last night pending identification, police said. Two female passengers were treated for head, neck and back injuries at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released.

State police said the victim had been drinking Friday night before making the drive home about 12: 20 a.m.

Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast tonight, but sky watchers may still be able to catch a glimpse of the Comet Hyakutake (pronounced hiya-koo-TAH-key) in its closest pass to Earth.

According to Jim O'Leary of the Maryland Science Center's star hot line, the comet is best viewed just after sunset to the left of the Big Dipper and moving toward the North Star. The comet is visible to the naked eye, but the view is better with binoculars and away from city lights.

Tomorrow Comet Hyakutake will pass within 9.5 million miles of the North Pole, making its closest approach to Earth before swinging around the sun and receding from view in mid-April. For more information, call 545-5918.

Job Corps seeks donations for student memorial fund

A national Job Corps program is seeking contributions to establish a memorial for eight Harpers Ferry Job Corps students who died in the Feb. 16 Amtrak-MARC train collision.

The sponsor is Joint Action in Community Service Inc., a volunteer group that helps Job Corps graduates find work and housing, and also helped students who survived the crash, spokeswoman Shirley Gravely-Currie said yesterday.

The JACS-Harpers Ferry Student Memorial Fund can be contacted at 5225 Wisconsin Ave.N.W., Suite 404, Washington, D.C. 20015, through April 30.

Harvest for the Hungry drive extended to Saturday

The annual Harvest for the Hungry food drive has been extended until Saturday because donations have been low, officials of the Maryland Food Bank Inc. said yesterday.

Letter carriers throughout the region will pick up canned goods and nonperishable foods left at residents' mailboxes and area post offices. "As fast as the food comes in, we are giving it out to emergency care providers," said Bill Ewing, executive director of the food bank.

"This is the most cost-effective way of collecting food for the needy," Mr. Ewing said. "Now is the time to support the letter carriers."

Pub Date: 3/24/96

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